- Username: Rona
- Location: Gaylord, MI, USA
- Member Since: 12/4/2006
- BMI: 26.4
- Surgery date scheduled
- Surgery Type: RNY (04/30/07)
- Surgeon: Michael Nizzi, D.O.
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Surgeon TestimonialMichael Nizzi, D.O.I instantly felt at ease when as soon as I entered Grand Traverse Surgery. Everyone is so pleasant, the nurses were friendly.... Mary Kay (bariatric coordinator) is a sweetie and was very informative. Angie that made all my appts for pre-op testing, who was also the first one to have bariatric surgery there in TC, was more then willing to discuss her personal story with me and that meant alot. Dr. Nizzi is great ! I had been wishy washy about which surgery to have, LapBand or RNY and by the time he got done going through the surgery processes for both, I knew without a doubt RNY would be the best. He isn't afraid to put it out there and is out to strive for 100% excess weight loss for his patients. From my experience with Dr. Nizzi and GT Surgery thus far, it has been a very pleasant one and I would recommend them !
- Dogs - Have one dog, Buddy. He's a pomeranian.
- Scrapbooks - New to scrapbooking but really getting into it.
- Camping - We have a 5th wheel camper and camp almost every weekend in the summer.
- Hockey - My 13 y/o son plays hockey.
- Married - Just married in July 2006, hubby is Jeff.
- Hair Stylist - I have had my liscense for 9yrs now, but am a SAHM currently.
Much needed update ! on June 20, 2007 11:34 am
Once again, I failed to keep my profile updated. Just seems like now that I have all this energy I have something else, something better to do ! But I do know that when I started this process and even still, I search through profiles for ideas, suggestions, just inspiration and I truly hope that someday my profile will do the same to others! So lets go back to day of surgery. Well the "cleaning out" of the system sucks ! LOL But once over that the nerves kicked in, didn't get too much sleep. Was at the hospital bright and early. The nurse was so sweet, she sang "itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini" while being wheeled to pre-op. The last thing I remember is the drug dr telling me a joke. I had told him I was nervous (they were wheeling me into surgery) and he said he was going to give me something to relax me, and I was out ! I was groggy for quite sometime waking up but not too much pain. Altho I did use the pain button and wish I wouldn't have. For some reason the pain meds in that made me so sick and I was having the dry heaves just horrible ! They finally gave me something liquid I could drink and I felt so much better. Was walking around couple hours after surgery, nothing major but by the next day I was walking about once an hour. I was really surprised at how well I felt. and no complications ! Went home 2 days after, things were a little rough. Pain was controllable just the darn j-tube was annoying ! You can see my progress weight wise above. By week 2, my "head hunger" kicked into full gear and it was hard ! omgosh very hard. I did it, made it through. I had my first wow moment at 5 weeks out, I CAN CROSS MY LEGS ! What a terrific feeling and even better, the next week I went from a size XXL to XL ! I am down from a 22 to 18. I have energy that I never thought I would have. I feel great about myself and don't regret this surgery for one single minute ! I am officially 7 weeks out down 39 lbs ! I don't ever feel hungry infact I have to force myself to eat. I do have trouble getting in my protein and water but I am a work in progress. Whenever I need to eat, I eat pure protein and then water water water. If there is one thing I have learned it's that YOU CAN DO IT ! I CAN DO IT ! It doesn't matter what others say or do, it's what matters inside of you, put your mind to it and it WILL happen ! Advice, suggestions, examples are all wonderful and needed but it comes right down to you being responsible for you. Do not be afraid to put things in Gods hands. Thank you God for all the blessings you have brought into my life, including this WLS journey !
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Been crazy on April 5, 2007 6:07 am
I promised myself that I would update this almost everyday but I have really been slacking. So many things have happened tho. Had my sleep study test, FINALLY. Have mild sleep apnea, they mainly just wanna make sure I have a c-pap during surgery. Of course because my #'s are low my insurance won't cover it so they want me to rent one, still expensive. My uncle doesn't use his anymore so I am going to just use his, save some money. Okay during all this commotion money hasn't gotten tight so I had to go back to work. I went back in to cosmetology which I love but knew it would be difficult to get a job so close to having surgery. So I didn't tell my boss, then I got the date and had no choice. She was awesome ! She said she'd work it out and I would still have my job when I get back. WOOHOO. So work is going good. Lets see what else? Oh geezsh I think I drove Mary Kay crazy calling everyday, sometimes twice, to get a date. But I need to get over that feeling because I am paying them, so to speak. APRIL 30th is the first day of the rest of my life ! Final things to do before surgery, LOTS. I need to get myself more mentally prepared. I am seriously concerned about my eating habits. I am hoping and have been told that they will just change and then I just don't let it get back that way. I am thinking that once I start losing the weight, wearing cute clothes and feeling "sexy" again.... food won't even be in my mind ! I need to get a couple things to stock up on the house. Start major cleaning so I won't be worried about that and thats about it. I start my high protein diet on April 15th. Trying to start that now so it won't be as hard come the 15th.
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I'm so upset at myself ! on March 1, 2007 9:41 am
My next step was to meet with the Sleep Dr and that was to be done at the beginning of January, well things were crazy and I missed my appt. I rescheduled my appt for begining of Feb, but this time I completely forgot about it ! So Angie called from Dr Nizzi's office and said that the sleep Dr. wouldn't take me as a patient anymore since I missed 2 appts. I completely understand it was my stupidity but it was an accident. So I immediately felt stupid and embarassed. Now I had to see a new Dr, made sure I didn't forget it and he scheduled me to have the sleep study done last night (2/28). I get there and wait 45 min and noone showed up! I was so upset but deep down I am thinking I deserve this because of missing those other appts. When I finally reached someone they told me they rescheduled my appt for 3/18 but forgot to inform me. I was ticked but again, I deserve it. But I started feeling selfish because now I have to wait another 3 weeks to have the test and then it'll be even longer to have my surgery. So I ended up switching where I would have the test done, it'll be in Grayling (30 min from here) on this sunday ! So I guess it'll all worked out. Still could kick myself tho, if I would have done the first sleep Dr. appts, I would probably be having my surgery right now ! So now the waiting continues. I haven't posted in awhile, been just kinda lazy and I wish I could snap out of it ! It's just so depressing and I hate it. But since my last post I did have my endoscopy done and was so scared but holy moly it was a breeze ! I don't remember a thing and being knocked out was kinda weird (well loupy but ended up falling asleep). My mom and her friend Barb took me and we ate at Olive Garden after (my favorite place). Thats about it..... I will update after Sunday !
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12/29/06 on January 1, 2007 11:05 am
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More testing ! I had a complete PFT today? Basically to see if my lungs were functioning normally, etc. I passed with flying colors ! Now I have to take the results with me to the sleep Dr. next week and discuss things with him to decide if I need to have a sleep apnea test done. After my lung test I had my stress test. They were to do the IV one, well the nurse comes in and says there is no reason why you can't walk on the treadmill, I said your right but this is what my Dr. ordered. Well she called him up and said things changed you'll be on the treadmill, in the meantime we'll be the ultrasound of your heart. The lady was so sweet and she kept commenting on how great my heart looked. I said we'll see what your saying after the treadmill LOL Well wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be but boy oh boy was I exhausted ! But thankfully my heart looks great ! The sweet lady that did the test and the cardiologist that was there both said my heart looks terrific. So I guess I am headed in the right direction ! I'm so excited ! I hope now that all my tests are coming back good that they will be able to schedule my surgery very soon ! !
Well here starts my WLS journey ! I couldn't be happier. Well actually yes I could, if I wouldn't have had this overweight problem. Unfortunately I have been on the chunky side my entire life. And now it has gotten to the point where WLS is my only option. I am 33 y/o, married and have 3 beautiful children. Although I am very fortunate to not presently have any co-morbidities, it's just a matter of time. My family history is so heavy (no pun intended lol) with diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol & blood pressure. My mom has suffered with diabetes for a long time, so severe to where she has had to have parts of her feet and toes removed. I have watched her suffer through a heart attack, triple by-pass and a stroke as well and I can't, I won't let my children see me like that ! I have quit smoking several yrs ago and now I must work on this weight. I want to be there for my children and my husband. Right now I feel like I can't be there for them, it's a struggle to do things without running out of breath and getting tired immediately. I am thankful to find this board, if nothing else I am able to get out my feelings here and I know that in itself with help. PLEASE, everyone can never have enough friend, email, pm, anything to me I would love to get to know others in this same position, or WAS in this position! GOD BLESS you all !